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Financing of the Natura 2000 network

LIFE INTEMARES is a project of projects. In addition to its own action program, it flourishes through the results and synergies of other initiatives that are financed through various funds, such as the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Biodiversity Foundation’s own funds.

Diverse funding constitutes a way of financing the needs of the Natura 2000 network, a need that is included in the Prioritised Action Framework for the Natura 2000 network. This strategic planning document guides our actions.

Since the start of LIFE INTEMARES, we have promoted 270 projects linked to INTEMARES, financed with more than € 20,000,000 and through various funds:

  • Pleamar program (EMFF): supporting 103 initiatives that are synergistic with the Intemares Project and that are aimed at improving the sustainability of fishing and aquaculture activities.
  • Empleaverde Program (ESF): economic activities are promoted through capacity building and training, as well as support for activities related to the blue economy. Within the EmpleaAzul (Blue Job) strategy line there are 27 projects that are complementary to LIFE INTEMARES.
  • Calls for aid: projects for the conservation of marine biodiversity and climate change are financed. 82 projects have been supported that are complementary to the actions of the Intemares project.

We also established synergies with other European funded projects:

MISTIC SEAS 3: seeks to define a common approach for the development of descriptor 4 (trophic networks) within the framework of the Framework Directive on Marine Strategies in Macaronesia -Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands.

INTERREG MED: through strong, active and connected networks, the project will help achieve the effective management of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean, providing effective and sustainable solutions.

INTERREG MPA Engage: the main objective of the project is to promote marine protected areas as fundamental areas for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

PHAROS4MPAs: will help provide a set of practical recommendations on how the environmental impacts of up to seven sectors of activity can be prevented or minimized.